Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Superfast mid-week check in, pre Christmas priorities 2013

Just a quick check in, mid-week.

Here's what is working for me right now.

1. Lots of outdoor walking due to the warmer weather in So. Cal. I grew up in central Indiana. I thank my lucky stars for each day of sun. (Moonlight Beach, Encintias)

2. Eating lower in my carb range ( my weight was shifting higher for understood reasons)

3. Keeping a clean food template- very clean.

4. Sleeping super well because of steps 1-3.

5. Body fat % seems lower, so says cheap scale and clothing. Amazing! See steps 1-4

6. Infection from late November gone!

What's not going as well as I would like:
1. Leaky plumbing ( I caught it super fast, plumber is scheduled) and having to clean out under the sinks and around all the plumbing so that all items can be inspected  (so much for Christmas wrapping!).

2. Stabbing pain in my ear. Anti-biotics doing a funky number on my GI track.

3. Home cooking and walking 10,000 plus steps and dealing with 1 & 2 plus work requires a lot more dynamic planning. This too, will pass.

4. So even though my weight reached my 119 "scream" weight zone, the belly fat is low, I feel pretty lean despite the higher numbers. My strength training could be better, so I'm focusing on keeping that in sight and time prioritizing is EVERYTHING. With leaky plumbing and the ear, I'm giving myself a high five for powering through this.

I weighed in at 117.8 this AM. I can look back and see my ear infection probably started right around 12/4/2013 or so.

Just super glad that my slightly puffy face did not have anything to do with a worse condition. I'm tracking my food at My Fitness Pal so that I can either eat higher protein and a little lower fat OR eat a little higher fat, and around 30-40 grams of carbs for a low level ketosis.

To be honest, I don't have an exact idea how I'll lose weight in my fat adapted state (my weight loss days were on a commercial diet plan)  but something will emerge from my Paleo template. It's kind of fun to experiment around. Getting off the anti-biotics and getting my gut bacteria back will be key.

Either way sleeping well is going to help me this week. Prioritizing my health and dealing with life helps, too.

Just wanted to check in and let everyone know I'm marching onward and NOT eating off the rails. No emotional/binge urges. None. Awesome!  I did develop a new way of dealing with the massive foods brought into work. (next blog post) And, I'm working on an awesome project for the blog for 2014 that I'll reveal closer to the end of 2013. :)

"Snow" on Moonlight Beach, Encinitas, CA


  1. You continue to be a total rock star in my eyes, Karen! So sorry you have been dealing with an ear infection and the gut garbage antibiotics bring. You and I are so darned sensi, aren't we? ;) :: hugs ::

    1. Thanks, Gwen. I was really starting to wonder about the scale. My sleeping was great, though. Sigh.... Glad to have things figured out this time.

  2. LOL - when you said leaky plumbing I thought you had bladder issues!! Glad it is really leaky plumbing! I too need to eat in a lower carb range - my body is not very forgiving with too many carbs!

    1. LOL- Lynda- I had an UTI last month.... ugh!! This is the most I've had to go to the doctor since I was overweight. Luckily, I've not had a cold or flu... knock on wood. I suspect my UTI will cost less than getting the leak fixed- LOL. ;)

  3. Hope your ear infection is a lot improved. Hopefully it's gone by now.

    Love the snow on Moonlight Beach LOL.

    We've had a beautiful sunny but cold day in my part of the UK today but those winds are once again gathering pace ... Oh well it is December and only five days 'til Christmas.

    Take Care

    All the best Jan

    1. Thank you, Jan. Glad there is some sun. I know the wind can make things pretty cold... Happy Holidays